As the reactions trail the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 continues to fly in, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has advised President Buhari to sign the Bill. Ezekwesili, who made call at a news conference in Abuja earlier today. She insisted that signing of the bill was for the development of democracy in Nigeria.
The presidential aspirant said the constitutional will of Nigerians had been expressed through elections since 1999, and therefore the chain should not be broken in the 2019 General Elections. The outspoken presidential candidate argued that without a democratic and electoral system that enables quality candidates to participate, it will be impossible to get competent leaders into elective offices across the country.
Hear her, “The 1999 transition to civil rule and the election that ushered in our latest experience of democracy was the beginning of the longest ever and unbroken cycle. This democratic turn of event may not mean much seeing that it has not translated to good governance and improvement in quality of life to citizens. The 2019 elections are looked upon as the moment Nigeria must entrench electoral integrity and level playing field for all contestants. I have called this press conference to demand that President Buhari signs the Electoral Act Amendment Bill transmitted by the National Assembly into law,” she said.